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Spring semester 2021

National and local authorities issued new coronavirus guidelines on 18 January. Remote teaching will continue to be the norm where possible. All planned events must be digital, and larger lectures and gatherings must be avoided.

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For some student groups, however, there will be an opportunity for on-campus teaching from next week. This particularly applies to students who need laboratories, workshops and other facilities to ensure progression in their studies. These students will be notified by their lecturers/study programme coordinators in advance. Students are encouraged to keep themselves updated in Canvas.

Employees who have the opportunity to work from a home office, must continue to do so.

The above applies until the infection situation allows for new guidelines from national and local authorities.

UiS follows national and local advice and guidelines for operations and infection control. We wish we were able to offer more predictability for longer periods of time, but unfortunately this is not possible under the current circumstances.

The university management would like to thank students and staff for their great patience and extraordinary efforts in a demanding time.

The UiS is not closed, but in line with the government's recommendations, people are encouraged to avoid lengthy stays and crowding on campus.

The original plan, which includes a combination of digital and campus-based teaching in the spring semester of 2021, will be put in effect as soon as the infection situation permits.

As for practical training, the Ministry of Education and Research recommends that this be carried out to the extent possible during this period.

Students must check Canvas for updated information.

Please visit our site for important corona information at UiS.

Study halls and other campus offerings

Study areas will remain open with limited access and capacity. The same goes for the libraries. Please check this site for opening hours for all libraries.

SiS bookstore is open from 4 January at 8 am, but we recommend contacting the book shop at 51 83 33 33 or sisbok@studentensbeste before visiting the shop.

The book store will ship books via the postal service for NOK 49, regardless of the amount of your purchase. In some cases home delivery can be arranged. 

Kafé Optimisten in the Kjølv Egeland building will be open Tuesday 5 January between 8 am and 3 pm. Kafé  Musikanten at Bjergsted will also be open Tuesday 5 January. Beyond this, opening hours at the cafes will be considered on a day-to-day basis.

SIS Sports Centre will be closed from 5 January following a decision made by the local authorities to temporarily close all sports facilities in the Stavanger region.

Face covering

The use of face covering is recommended when it is not possible to keep a distance of at least one meter.

Home office

A number of employees must be present on campus to maintain operations, but in line with the government's guidelines the UiS recommends that those who are able to work from a home office, should do so. This is clarified with your immediate manager.

Access to campus offices at UiS and the use of a home office in the spring will be based on the infection situation in the region, as well as local and national guidelines.

Mental health

Student life under the pandemic can be hard with many of the social arenas missing. Do you need someone to talk to?
Please visit our site for important corona information at UiS.

Infection protocol

The UiS complies with the advice on infection control issued by Norwegian Institute of Public Health: Keep one metre’s distance to others, wash hands regularly and stay at home if you feel sick.

Read more about infection protocol on campus.

Please also familiarise yourself with Covid 19 information from the municipality of Stavanger.

International students and quarantine

All new international students who come to Norway must stay in entry quarantine at quarantine hotels. Expenses for quarantine hotels are covered by UiS. See detailed information from UiS about international students and quarantine.

See also the guidelines for entry quarantine for international arrivals into Norway issued by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.


As a main rule, exams in the spring of 2021 will be carried out as a home exams. Students must check Canvas for updated information.